This weekend, you can try your hand at valentine poetry, learn a little Mandarin, make astronomy-based jewelry, celebrate Lunar New Year and dance through Venice.
Saturday morning offers two fun opportunities. Head to Granada Beach in Long Beach to help Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team with its monthly beach cleanup beginning at 10 a.m. Right after the cleanup there will be a “Roses Are Red…” Poetry Contest. All ages can read as many as two original poems, which must be under 30 seconds long and must start with “Roses are red…” Age and grade level will be taken into consideration by judges, and awards include $20 bills.
Or check out the Chinese New Year Storytime with Michele Wong McSween at 10:30 a.m. at Children’s Book World in West L.A. Kids will enjoy McSween’s new book, “My First Mandarin Words with Gordon and Li Li,” learn some Mandarin words and do a fun art project.
Saturday afternoon is a chance to get hands-on during the CAAM Workshop: Star System Jewelry from 1-3 p.m. at the California African American Museum. Artist Robert Pruitt’s work, which celebrates the creative potential of the African American community in science, technology and culture, serves as inspiration for this workshop where ages 5 and up can make an astronomy-based beaded necklace or bracelet.
Rain forced the rescheduling of The Original Farmers Market and The Grove’s Lunar New Year Celebration on its original Feb. 2 date, but that means you haven’t missed it! The celebration will now take place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, with an authentic Kung Fu demonstration, a magic show, acrobatics performances, traditional lion and dragon dances and themed craft making stations.
Or spend Sunday afternoon in Venice for a unique public dance performance called Façade of Time. In the neighborhood between Windward Avenue and Venice Boulevard west of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Body Weather Laboratory will trace the route of the old Venice canals from 3:45-5:45 p.m. The public is invited to join the performers in song when the piece ends at the beach breakwater. This unusual experimental piece includes 60 performers of all ages and experience levels. It offers a different way to explore this part of SoCal.